Ofsted judged the PGCE course to be outstanding in 2014.
he Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) prepares you to teach in secondary schools (age 11-18). It closely follows the Department of Education requirements for initial teacher training. You are expected to evaluate your experience in light of these requirements and participate in activities throughout the course to develop new skills and understanding.
Your time in schools will include placements in two different schools:
- an autumn term placement where you will begin to teach your subject and, also, develop an understanding of all aspects of a school through a variety of tasks and observations
- a nineteen week placement, running over the spring and summer terms, during which you will teach across the secondary key stages
As part of the second placement, you will undertake a ‘school-based inquiry’ which is an opportunity to collaboratively inquire into a whole school issue, whilst reflecting upon and developing your skills and considering ways of promoting your own professional development.
At the University you will attend lectures and seminars addressing:
- specifics of teaching your chosen subject
- whole school issues as part of the 'schools and society' programme including: the physical, social and emotional development of pupils, pupil behaviour, social issues in education, professional conduct and continuing development as a teacher, current development in policy and curriculum
Our style of teaching at the university is based on interactive learning and we endeavour to model approaches and practices that you can transfer to your own classroom practice.
You are supported throughout the year by mentors in school and University tutors. The school and University elements are closely related and provide an excellent opportunity to learn to teach in a tightly structured, research informed environment.
This PGCE course awards the prestigious University of Nottingham PGCE and Qualified Teacher Status and up to 60 Masters credits (towards an MA Education).
Our course is designed to challenge you to re-think your ideas on mathematics learning and teaching and to experience and develop for yourself a wide variety of styles and techniquesto use in the classroom.
- do you have a love of maths?
- do you want to engage young people and help change their perception of mathematics?
- do you want to help make mathematics accessible to everyone?
Our philosophy is that mathematics can, and should, be enjoyed by all children. The challenge for you as the teacher then is to turn this into action. We trust that, after a year at the University of Nottingham, beginning teachers will find this less of a challenge and more like second nature.
Please visit the course website for further information.